Click here to access the ENG 4200 About Reading Responses document, which includes the instructions, grading criteria, and template for the Reading Responses and the Reading Response Portfolio.
For a sampling of the kind of writing you might try to craft in these responses, I recommend the following websites as excellent resources for reading other smart reader-writers who have smart things to say about books. Browse around. Find an essay you like and try to write like that.
Public Domain Review
The New Yorker’s Page Turner
The New York Review of Books
Paris Review Daily